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Throat infection

Symptoms and treatment of throat infection


A throat infection (or pharyngitis) is an infection of the throat. A throat infection is accompanied by a sore throat and often the tonsils are also infected. Find out more about the symptoms, tips and what to do with a throat infection.

Throat infection: symptoms

Symptoms of a throat infection are:

  • a fever
  • coughing (sometimes a real barking cough)
  • a sore throat
  • pain while swallowing
  • sometimes the tonsils are infected; with visible white-yellow dots
  • the lymph nodes in the neck may be swollen and sensitive
  • low resistance

By the way, throat infection is a symptom of the Pfeiffer’s disease

My 6 tips with a throat infection

A throat infection is accompanied by fever, cough and sore throat complaints. My tips for throat infection are:

  • First, make sure to improve your resistance;
  • Drink cold water or have sorbet. Sucking a piece of licorice can also alleviate the soreness;
  • Gargle with camomile tea or salt water;
  • Take much rest; real rest!
  • Do you have a fever? Read here why you should not suppress the fever;
  • Adopt a diversified diet.  Read our new nutritional advice for strong resistance.

Watch this video about natural support when you have the flu and diminished resistance from the beautiful A.Vogel Garden.

Treatment of throat infection

Self-medication is not suitable to treat a throat infection. The most important advice is to improve your resistance. Look also at the tips we have for sore throat!

Difference between a sore throat and a throat infection

With a throat infection, the throat is not only irritated, but the mucous membranes are also red and swollen. Infected. Swallowing is painful and the voice is hoarse. A throat infection can be accompanied by fever.

There are two kinds of throat infection: acute and chronic.

The acute form suddenly appears and will go away within 14 days. It is caused by a virus or bacteria. A chronic throat infection lasts a long time and is difficult to get rid of.

Chronic throat infection is mostly caused by a combination of infection, drinking alcohol and smoking.

Is a throat infection contagious?

The cause of a throat infection is viral in most cases; for the most part it has to do with cold viruses and sometimes the Epstein Barr virus (EBV), the virus responsible for the Pfeiffer’s disease. Therefore, a throat disease can be considered contagious.

Throat infection: to the doctor?

Do you suspect you have a throat infection? Please contact your general practitioner:

  • if after three days you still have a fever;
  • if drinking or swallowing are hardly possible;
  • if the sore throat is accompanied with a rash on your face and chest;
  • if the sore throat lasts more than seven days.
  • if you become sicker.

With children it is necessary to contact your general practitioner:

  • if your child gives you the impression of being very sick;
  • if your child feels oppressed;
  • if your child cannot swallow saliva.

If there are other symptoms you worry about, please consult your general practitioner.

Self-medication is not suitable for pharyngitis (throat infection) or tonsilitis (infection of the tonsils). Consult a doctor, especially if the complaints persist, since throat infection and tonsilitis are often underestimated. A neglected throat infection or tonsilitis can cause nasty complications, such as a middle ear infection or arthritis. 

Tip: improve your resistance

Nutritional advice for a throat infection

Avoid milk products: they keep the mucus in the pharynx. Sour milk products are allowed: buttermilk, yogurt and cottage cheese.

Also, add variety to your diet with salads made with horseradish (a little, grated), watercress or garden cress.

Drink herbal tea with thyme, sage, juniper, goldenrod and parsley, sweetened with some honey.

Is it the cold or the flu?

Not only do you suffer from a sore throat, but you also feel miserable and you have a fever? Then, you probably have the flu. If you want to know if it is the common cold or the flu, do the test!

Enlarged tonsils and throat infection

If children have a recurrent throat infection or if the tonsils are enlarged causing them to snore, breathe restlessly or have difficulty swallowing, tonsil removal may be considered. This also applies if abscesses often form around the tonsils, as they are a source of infections elsewhere in the body.

Although removing of the tonsils is a routine operation, it is important to realize that tonsils have a clear function and should not be removed without reason. The throat tonsils form a barrier against infections such as cold and flu. They consist of a thickened lymph node membrane, and are part of our lymphatic system. The lymph nodes are an extended part of our defense system.

The size of the tonsils changes over time. In a 4 year old child, tonsils are at their maximum size. After that, they gradually shrink, until they reached their definitive size (around age 12). In some children, however, they are exceptionally big. This may be caused by an infection which causes the tonsil to swell. The severity of the complaints determines whether or not it is necessary to remove the tonsils.

In the old days, only part of the throat tonsils was removed, but nowadays they are usually completely removed.

What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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